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Sat 21
Ballynahinch 2XV
1st XV
Skins lose Conference Fixture to Hinch

Skins lose Conference Fixture to Hinch

By Ryan Cathcart
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A changed up Skins side suffered a heavy defeat to Hinch 2XV but saw positive debuts for some young players.

Skins suffered a heavy defeat away to Hinch last Saturday in a conference fixture. The Skins side was admittedly much changed with a few players needing time off before returning to league duty. This did allow a prime opportunity for some young guns to step up and the fixture saw a spectacular debut for Oisin Timoney at second row, and also Daire Hill who showed his worth playing in an unfamiliar position at full back.

The fixture was fairly hard fought for about 55-60 minutes despite Skins leaking two early tries. They steadied themselves and began to look more aggressive in defence and showing patience in attack. The lineout proved a sold foundation as the scrum was under pressure on occasion. A steamrolling maul from the pack had Cathcart claim a try off the back to bring the game back within a score approaching the first half.

Hinch picked up another score early in the second half to go out of reach one again but an incredible solo effort from Alex Parke from his own line brought the result back into contention. A mix up at the restart, however had Hinch take a dreadfully soft try and the Enniskillen heads appeared to drop for the last 20 minutes as the floodgates opened partially.

Skins return to the league this weekend at home with an important fixture hosting Grosvenor.

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Sat 21, Sep 2019